The Honaker Funeral Home was formerly known as the Harris Funeral Home. The funeral home has been in business at this location since September 6, 1931. The funeral home is located on Main street next to WVOW radio station. The original owner of Harris Funeral Home was Bruce Harris. He was one of Logan's first undertakers. He had the task of preparing the body of Mamie Thurman after her murder in June 1932. The funeral home is still in business in the original building.
Bruce Harris was the undertaker of
Logan County for over 40 years. Before the Harris Funeral Home was
built he would ride a horse to the homes of the deceased to prepare their bodies
for burial. The caskets would be made by family or friends and the
last rights given before he left the body and returned to Logan.
Eventually after some time the railroad came through town and the official
stationary funeral business began. The addition of the railroads meant
that he could now complete funerary services quicker than ever before.
People could now bring their loved ones to the undertaker for services.
The third floor of the Logan Mercantile was converted into funeral parlors, and
the first semblance of present day funeral service was started.
The funeral operation was founded by
B.C. Harris. B.C. Harris was Bruce Harris' brother, they were business
partners. Together they were able to create and maintain the funeral business
that has served Logan County for decades. The most famous client of the
Harris Funeral Home was Mamie Thurman. Mamie was murdered and her body
was found and brought to the Harris Funeral Home for preparation in June
1932. The body was prepared and moved to Nighbert Methodist Memorial
Church for the funeral.
Mamie Thurman’s death certificate filed at the courthouse
states that she was buried at Logan Memorial Park in McConnell. Harris Funeral
Home records show a charge for thirty-five dollars for moving Mrs. Thurman’s
body to Bradfordsville, Kentucky. However, the cemetery in Kentucky has no
record of the interment of Mamie’s body. It remains a mystery to this day as to
where Mamie Thuman’s body was buried.
Harris Funeral Home served Logan County from 1908-1966. Before being used as a
funeral home, it was the home of John B. and Rebecca Chafin Wilkinson. In 1895
during the home’s construction, eleven Native American skeletons were exhumed.
John B. Wilkinson died Aug. 12, 1919 and was buried in the Straton Cemetery. In
1966 Joe and Dolores Honaker purchased the business and the name was changed to
Honaker-Harris Funeral Home. In 1973 after the passing of Greta Harris, the
name was changed to Sadly, Joe D. Honaker died in 2006. His wife and son,
Michael now run the family business.